American Indian Teacher Loan Forgiveness Act of 2014 Bill Introduced

Senator John Walsh, D-Mont., introduced a bill that would give American Indian teachers in classrooms with over 10% Native American students or in Bureau of Indian Education schools loan forgiveness of up to $17,500 after five years of service. The bill aims to recruit and retain American Indian teachers as well as to increase the quality of education for Native American students.

To read the article in its entirety, click HERE.

The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on June 10, 2014 for consideration.

To track S. 2458, click HERE.

Online Teacher Programs

Here is an article from ED Week about online teacher programs.  Perhaps TEDs and Tribal Colleges should think about a similar program, if one does not already exist.  A quote:

The teacher-candidates are taking part in the online Master of Arts in Teaching program offered by the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. Over a span of months, they will learn how to teach in urban schools without meeting one another—or their professors—in person until graduation.

Online teacher education is probably the fastest-growing sector of teacher preparation. For-profit online institutions are now being joined by brick-and-mortar universities like USC here, and startups, both public and private.